Astro Green Farm is a modern, vertical, farm. Using innovative hydroponic technologies we specialize in the production of microgreens grown in an eco-sustainable, PURE growing environment. When we say “PURE” growing environment we mean this: Astro Green Farm is a completely soil free, pesticide free, fertilizer free, GMO free Farm, free from the toxic plastic grow trays used in traditional microgreen production and free from chlorine, heavy metals and bacterial contaminants found in the water used by many microgreen growers. At Astro Green Farm we use only food safe plastic and triple filtered, pure water. The result is a stable supply of the most healthy, flavorful and nutrient dense greens available, ready to feed the urban consumer with with a tiny carbon footprint and no negative impact on the environment.
WHAT ARE MICROGREENS
Microgreens are seedlings of vegetables and herbs. When a plant begins to grow from a seed it goes through several stages. Microgreens are sometimes mistakenly referred to as sprouts but microgreens are NOT sprouts. The first stage of growth is the sprout stage. Sprouts are usually grown in water and harvested after 2-3 days As you can see in the accompanying image, the microgreen is the second edible stage of growth of the plant and are usually harvested in 1-3 weeks. The next stage is the baby green followed by the maturity stage and then finally the flower stage.
But from a nutritional standpoint, the microgreen stage is where you get the greatest value pound for pound. In fact, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland discovered that microgreens contained four to 40 times more nutrients than their mature counterparts.
WHY EAT LIVING MICROGREENS
There are a lot of good reasons to eat living microgreens—not the least of which is that they taste great. In fact, one of the first things people say after tasting these tiny versions of the mature plant is, “Wow! The flavor is amazing!” And they’re right. But living microgreens not only taste good but they are also incredibly good for you.
More Fresh than Cut Microgreens
More Nutritious than Mature Plant
When you eat living microgreens you are ingesting one of the most nutritionally dense foods available. Living microgreens are packed with phytonutrients, carotenoids, vitamins A, B, C, D, E & K, lutein, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, riboflavin, folate, fiber, niacin, manganese, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc and more. In fact as already mentioned, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that living microgreens have up to 40% more nutrients than mature plants. These functional foods can aid in the prevention degenerative diseases. Plus, their high nutrient content can help lower blood pressure, improve digestion, strengthen bones and teeth, improve eyesight, and balance blood sugar. It’s important to note that we are talking about living microgreens not the ones that are already cut like you might find in your grocery store. Like any vegetable, once they’re cut they lose their nutritional value fast.
How to Use them in your Diet
Astro Green Farm microgreens are sold LIVING and ready to be harvested so they are truly FARM TO FORK. When you are ready to add amazing flavor and nutrition to any meal, you simply harvest them and consume them at their optimal freshness and nutritional value.
These tiny but mighty greens provide surprisingly intense flavors, vivid colors and crisp textures. Sprinkle them on everyday food like “vegetable confetti” as a fun way to add pizzazz to your table and your health! Try them in sandwiches, burgers, salads, pizza, drinks, stir-fry, eggs, smoothies or as a healthy garnish. You can also just eat them as they are. Harvest them fresh for a true Farm-to-Fork experience!
Where to Buy Our Microgreens
Our living microgreens are the freshest available and are available for delivery twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. You can also find us at the Prior Lake Farmers Market. To learn more about delivery options please contact us.